The Vault, a new spot from the people behind Trestle in the basement of the Bank of America building in FiDi, feels like it’s part of a private club, one where briefcases outnumber people when it’s busy. The food comes in small portions that are good for when you don’t want dinner or drinks to drag on longer than your weekly conference call about phone etiquette. We like the short rib with Cowgirl Creamery cheese foam, but if you’re here with someone you know pretty well, order a few more cocktails before you go for the chicken nuggets and compare childhood stories about hitting McDonald’s after soccer practice.
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Rooster & Rice
Stop into Rooster & Rice in Union Square for simple and good chicken if you work nearby.
Rickhouse is a small bar in the Financial District with a large bottle selection plus seasonal and house cocktails.
Bix is an old-school American place down an alley in Jackson Square that feels like an old teamster clubhouse.
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Chubby Noodle’s North Beach location is a great place for a group dinner or bottomless dim sum brunch.
State Bird Provisions
You’ll want to book a table in advance for the dim sum-style small plates at State Bird Provisions in the Fillmore.
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Boulette's Larder does one thing, and it does it damn well: classy breakfast. Bring your mom for killer eggs and a nice view.
Trestle is a go-to date night restaurant - simple food, upbeat surroundings, and a streamlined menu will get the job done.
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